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Old 01-29-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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OK, a couple of these threads about visiting others times got me thinking. Any of you who watched the original Star Trek series probably remember the episode where a planet's sun was going super-nova with the planet getting destroyed in the process. The inhabitants invented a time machine to transport all their residents back to the planet's past to live out their lives. Anyone could go to anywhere in the past. The only stipulation being that it was a one-way trip. No coming back.

So my question is, if you had to go back into Earth's past and live out the remainder of your life, what time and place would you choose? Remember, this is a one-way trip with no coming back to the present if you don't like it.

Myself, perhaps right after the Civil War to witness the next 50 years of the industrial revolution and building of America. Or just when WW2 was ending and we had the greatest growth of the middle class for the next 25 years.

So what do you guys say?
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Same here... right after WWII. Around 1946-'47.
Don't have to go through the horror of WWII and can enjoy that prosperous decade and the future decades. And all of the medical and technology advances.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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The late 1980s/early 1990s as it was such an optimistic time in many respects, the wall came down in Germany, Apartheid came to an end, Eastern Europe started opening up, the USSR went through Glasnost, I loved the music, and have some of my best memories from that time.

I would love to visit most historical periods for a while but I'm afraid as an archaeologist I am only too aware of how difficult and dangerous living in the past would be.
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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How about Europe- about 1070- would be fascinating-

Also the the dark age period around 600- medieval history is a favorite of mine.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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Same here...but I'd like not to be a peasant!!!
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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1970. I would get a career in the porn business and use the money to buy a bunch of stock in computer and software companies and I would retire by 1990. I would be known as the billionaire who used to do porno.
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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My grandfather was born in 1882. He had the first car in Cleveland, remembers Indians coming to town for supplies, ran away with a horse carriage circus as a child, played piano in silent movies and burlesque shows... In 1973 he was at our house watching the Skylab crew land after living in space. I remember him saying, "Now I've seen everything". He died that afternoon. That would be the perfect lifetime, for me.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:13 AM
 
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OK, a couple of these threads about visiting others times got me thinking. Any of you who watched the original Star Trek series probably remember the episode where a planet's sun was going super-nova with the planet getting destroyed in the process. The inhabitants invented a time machine to transport all their residents back to the planet's past to live out their lives. Anyone could go to anywhere in the past. The only stipulation being that it was a one-way trip. No coming back.

So my question is, if you had to go back into Earth's past and live out the remainder of your life, what time and place would you choose? Remember, this is a one-way trip with no coming back to the present if you don't like it.

Myself, perhaps right after the Civil War to witness the next 50 years of the industrial revolution and building of America. Or just when WW2 was ending and we had the greatest growth of the middle class for the next 25 years.

So what do you guys say?

I would go back to about 1970, with a encyclopedia of sports scores and a stock performance reference book. Oh, and a listing of all the winning lotto numbers.

Add to that a complete foreknowledge of coming events, and I would be set.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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somewhere around 1900. South Pacific islands before they were really known. i picture a simple life of ease.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Oz
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16th century Florence, Italy. Time of the Medicis. I think I might make a good Florentine courtesan.
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